The Gulbenkian Training Programme in Bioinformatics has been offering hands-on training courses in Oeiras, PT for more than a decade. This article is a review of its functional organization and evolution. We aim to share our experience with people considering setting-up similar training facilities elsewhere. More than 1600 course attendees, so far, have attended our courses. Their experiences have helped us to know how to satisfy their training requirements and what is feasible with very limited resources.